While I was in the process of making something that will later be a birthday gift I was introduced to a new stitch that I was not familiar with. In fact I had to look it up to check the steps.
This stitch was the invisible decrease. Some of you may already be familiar with it while the rest are probably like me and only know of a normal decrease.
The invisible decrease is brilliant for Amigurumi or anything that you will stuff as it leaves no gap between stitches like a normal decrease can.
Here let me show you…
I have done a rectangle of single crochets to demonstrate.
Insert your hook into the next stitch, yarn over and pull through stitch
With 2 loops still on your hook, insert the hook into the next stitch, yarn over and pull through stitch
You should now have 3 loops on your hook, yarn over and pull through 2,
yarn over and pull through all remaining hoops
As you can see in the middle of the top row there are some slight gaps which really make a difference if you are stuffing it as it will show through
For most Amigurumi you would work through both loops for each stitch but when doing an invisible dec (invdec) you work in just the front loops
So insert your hook into the front loop of the next stitch
Yarn over and pull through the stitch
With 2 loops on the hook, insert your hook into the front loop of the next stitch
You will now have 3 loops on the hook.
Yarn over and pull through all loops on hook
As you can see in the next picture there is no obvious gaps on the top row. The invdec was done on the left hand side of the row.
I use this automatically now for most of my work and it just looks so much neater.
It’s great to still be learning new stitches and ways to improve my technique.